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Anatomy for Life Drawing

Dr David Briggs
  • Term: Summer School Week One 2018
  • Start Date: 8 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 12 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Dr David Briggs
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

An artist who understands artistic anatomy is free to focus on the expressive character and rhythm of their figure drawing, instead of struggling to make it look like a figure. Learn simple anatomical concepts that will enable you to visualise any part of the body, in any action, from any direction, and ultimately to grasp the essential action of the figure in a few confident lines. Beginners will focus on the masses of the skeleton, but content is flexible for those with prior knowledge.

Dr David Briggs

Dr David Briggs trained at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He specialises in life drawing and painting and in relating modern scientific knowledge of colour to artistic practice. He has taught art classes since 1996 at many institutions, including six years as the life drawing instructor for Disney’s Sydney studio and, since 2009, numerous classes in life drawing, art history and theory, and practical painting at the National Art School. He is the author of an extensive website on the theory and practice of colour for painters, The Dimensions of Colour. In 2018 he was invited by the Inter-Society Color Council (USA), as part of their International Color Day event, to present a webinar on his unique approach to teaching colour for painters.

  • Pen and notebook to jot down notes and ideas
  • Cartridge paper A2 size - 50 sheets or pad of paper
  • 2 bulldog clips
  • Progresso (solid woodless graphite) pencils, 2B, 4B
  • Kneadable (putty) eraser e.g. Faber-Castel Knetgummi art eraser
  • Firm white eraser eg. Staedtler Tradition or Mars plastic
  • Stanley knife or similar (for sharpening) or pencil sharpener
  • Sheet of fine sandpaper (for sharpening)

If you already own a book covering artistic anatomy then please bring it along; otherwise you might like to wait until David discusses some of the better ones in class before buying one. A particularly good one is the Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential